Southern Africa Incoming & Outgoing Correspondence

Scope and Content

Incoming correspondence from missionaries in Southern Africa to the London Missionary Society headquarters, 1928-1950. These files also contain copies of some of the letters sent out by the LMS, which effectively makes the correspondence from 1928 into an Incoming & Outgoing correspondence series. However, the files comprise primarily incoming letters from missionaries.


From 1928 onwards Incoming correspondence from the field is no longer stored in chronological order, but in alphabetical order by sender. This means that the letters from a particular missionary are filed together. There may be more than one file per missionary however, as files are either yearly, or only span a limited number of years. Additional boxes of Southern Africa correspondence are found in the 1941-1950 accrual of papers (requisition: CWM/LMS/1941-1950/Boxes AF 6-14). After 1950, correspondence for Southern Africa is found in the Africa division.

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Other Finding Aids

A detailed list for Southern Africa Incoming & Outgoing correspondence, 1928-1939, is available in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library. There is an additional list of 'Zimbabwe Papers, 1900-1940' by JC Kufa, which lists South Africa Incoming letters, 1900-1940, where they relate to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

Archivist's Note